BFI Film Academy 2019 - Deadline 26th October 2019

Want to make a short film and take your first step into the film industry? We are searching South Yorkshire for 20 talented, enthusiastic and hard-working 16-19 year olds, to take part in this year's BFI Film Academy at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield. We are particularly welcoming applications from those groups currently under-represented in the industry. The course will run on Saturdays through winter.

'I really enjoyed everything and there was such a range of speakers.' - BFI Film Academy Student 2018

'It's made me realise that I can work in film' - BFI Film Academy Student 2018

The course runs from Wednesday 6th November 2019 until Saturday 25th January 2019.

Deadline for Application: Saturday 26th October 2019, 1PM.

By taking part in the Film Academy, you will:

- Be immersed in all aspects of hands-on filmmaking which will help you to develop your  practical knowledge and skills working alongside industry professionals who are respected practitioners in their field.

- Gain a real insight into the exciting world of cinema, equipping you with skills and experience that are essential to becoming part of our future film industry.

- Watch a range of cinema from British Independent to specialised film and you will work in teams towards a practical film-based project spread across a ten week course.

- All participants will be working towards a recognised qualification from NCFE.

- You will become part of the BFI Film Academy Alumni and will be offered exclusive opportunities, advice and professional development.

To apply online please click here.

Alternatively if you would like to send your application by email, please download the Application Pack here and email it to

Alternatively, please send your application in the post to Sam Barnett at BFI Film Academy, Sheffield, The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX.

BFI Film Academy Course Leader: Sam Barnett

Take a look at the films made on our previous film academy course here.

Speakers, sessions and dates for the BFI Film Academy 2019 course. More to be confirmed soon.

Wednesday 6th November (Timings TBC)

Saturday 9th November (09:15 - 16:00)

Saturday 16th November (09:15 - 16:00)

Saturday 23rd November (09:15 - 16:00)

Saturday 30th November (09:15 - 16:00)

Saturday 7th December (09:15 - 16:00)

Saturday 14th December (09:15 - 16:00)

Saturday 4th January (09:15 - 16:00)

Saturday 11th January (09:15 - 12:00)

Saturday 18th January (09:15 - 12:00)

Saturday 25th January (09:15 - 12:00)

Paul Fraser – Script Masterclass

Prolific scriptwriter Paul Fraser will be delivering a script masterclass to all participants. Well known for his collaboration with Director Shane Meadows - his films include A Room For Romeo Brass, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands and Somers Town.

Caroline Cooper-Charles – Producing Masterclass

Caroline Cooper Charles former Head of Film at Creative England and current Strategic Development Executive at Screen Yorkshire will be in attendance to deliver a producer masterclass. As well as working in industry development she has produced and executive produced numerous feature and short films.

Rebecca Mark-Lawson – Script Editing and Development Masterclass

Rebecca Mark-Lawson has worked across the industry for the last eighteen years, she started her career in Production Management, working on films such as Dead Man’s Shoes and The Navigators. She has since established herself as a film producer with forty five films to her name, she has recently produced the award winning Irene’s Ghost.

Sally Cancello – Acting Masterclass

Sally Cancello is well known for her work in theatre and film. She is the founder of Sheffield based Triple Salco Productions where she has further developed her career adding writing, producing, theatre and film to her already numerous skills. She has stared in a number of short films including Time Again, Gaybies and Strange Digs.

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